When a 13-year-old girl vanishes from her insular village in 1963, a newly promoted inspector must face a murder with no body and an investigation filled with dead ends.
Bastille Day Celebration featuring a cabaret concert with Le Jazz Hot of the San Francisco Hot Club.
In Pale Fire Nabokov offers a cornucopia of deceptive pleasures: a 999-line poem by the reclusive genius John Shade; an adoring foreword and commentary by Shade's self-styled Boswell, Dr. Charles Kinbote; a darkly comic novel of suspense, literary idolatry and one-upmanship, and political intrigue.
A divorced woman returns to her childhood home where she confronts the memory of her parents' confounding yet deep bond.
If you are a new, long-time, or prospective member the Tour of the Institute will orient you to our building, include an overview of our history and mission, and outline our current services and the benefits of membership.
Journalist James Nestor follows a group of athletes and DIY researchers as they plumb the ocean's depths. Along the way, they uncover the secrets and science of the ocean, our planet, and human evolution.
Join Eric Gower, author of The Breakaway Cook, for a talk and demonstration about matcha from its the ancient cultivation, to the development of the Japanese tea ceremony, to matcha’s contemporary comeback as a coffee alternative noted for its legendary health benefits!
Reconsidering his life's work after he is set up for a murder, master criminal Parker ignores his suspicions in order to accept a potentially lucrative heist job involving a team of incompetent associates, a small-town bank, an alcoholic heiress, and a philandering social climber.
Join us for a panel discussion on the complex issue of reproductive justice in the United States today.
A classic tale of British middle-class love, this novel displays Forster's skill in contrasting British sensibilities with those of foreign cultures, as he portrays the love of a British woman for an expatriate living in Italy. One of Forster's earliest and most celebrated works.
These marvelous stories showcase the unparalleled invention and storytelling brilliance — and the terrifyingly dark and entertaining wit — of the incomparable Neil Gaiman.
Join Dr. Myles Dungan, Irish writer and radio broadcaster, as he discusses and plays some of the classic songs of the Great War (including American). Learn about the "conscription" of the music industry as a propaganda source and the subversive songs composed and sung by ordinary soldiers.
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The personal essay is as old as Seneca and as relevant as this week’s New Yorker. Join award-winning author Lindsey Crittenden for an afternoon’s exploration and celebration of the personal essay.
Join award-winning Welsh poet and academic Dr. Nerys Williams as she outlines the life and poetry of Dylan Thomas and discusses his experiences in America and the San Francisco Bay Area. Samples of Thomas reading his own poetry will be the highlight of the evening.
Join us as Fred J. Martin presents his new book and illuminates Lincoln's tremendous 1864 victory, his oversight of the national reconstruction, and the political genius that reignited the ideals of freedom, and saved democratic government.
In 1540, during the reign of Henry VIII, Shardlake is asked to help a young girl accused of murder. She refuses to speak in her defense even when threatened with torture. But just when the case seems lost, Thomas Cromwell, the king's feared vicar general, offers Shardlake two more weeks to prove his client's innocence. In exchange, Shardlake must find a lost cache of "Dark Fire," a legendary weapon of mass destruction.
On a sunny day in Berkeley, California, in 1942, a woman sees a sign in a post office window, returns to her home, and matter-of-factly begins to pack her family's possessions. Like thousands of other Japanese Americans they have been reclassified, virtually overnight, as enemy aliens and are about to be uprooted from their home and sent to a dusty internment camp in the Utah desert.
From the author of the novel Swamplandia! comes a magical and uniquely daring collection of stories that showcases the author's gifts at their inimitable best.
It is 1975, a perfect spring in Istanbul. Kemal and Sibel, children of two prominent families, are about to become engaged. But when Kemal encounters Fusun, a beautiful shopgirl and a distant relation, he becomes enthralled. And once they violate the code of virginity, a rift begins to open between Kemal and the world of the Westernized Istanbul bourgeoisie. In his pursuit of Fusun over the next eight years, Kemal becomes a compulsive collector of objects that chronicle his lovelorn progress--amassing a museum that is both a map of a society and of his heart.
Mickey Haller gets the text, "Call me ASAP - 187," the California penal code for murder immediately gets his attention. When Mickey learns that the victim was his own former client, a prostitute he thought he had rescued and put on the straight and narrow path, he knows he is on the hook for this one.
Through circumstances that tend to preclude adult, secondhand description, Holden Caulfield leaves his prep school in Pennsylvania and goes underground in New York City for three days. The boy himself is at once too simple and too complex for us to make any final comment about him or his story. Perhaps the safest thing we can say about Holden is that he was born in the world not just strongly attracted to beauty but, almost, hopelessly impaled on it.
The stories in A Better Angel describe the terrain of human suffering — illness, regret, mourning, sympathy — in the most unusual of ways, from an author heralded for his wit and inventiveness.
A couple of missing wives—one a rich man's and one a poor man's—become the objects of (Philip) Marlowe's investigation. One of them may have gotten a Mexican divorce and married a gigolo and the other may be dead. Marlowe's not sure he cares about either one, but he's not paid to care.
The Dog of the Marriage, Amy Hempel's fourth collection, is about sexual obsession, relationships gone awry, and the unsatisfied longings of everyday life.
Marcel Proust is generally considered the greatest French novelist of the twentieth century. His reputation, which derives almost exclusively from the importance of his multivolume novel Remembrance of Things Past, is that of a dazzling stylist, analytical thinker, and social observer. His novel is founded on his powers of meticulous recollection and his ability to shape those memories into a compelling—some might even say exhausting—account of one man's search for his past.
When Claire DeWitt's ex-boyfriend Paul Casablancas, a musician, is found dead in his Mission District house, Claire is on the case. Paul's wife and the police are sure Paul was killed for his valuable collection of vintage guitars. But Claire, the best detective in the world, has other ideas.
Our annual Potpourri of Favorites meeting is our members’ chance to share their favorite fiction titles from the previous year. Bring one or two of your favorite fiction books and be prepared to give a short synopsis of what makes the book a favorite of yours!
A Pulitzer Prize winner turns his prodigious talent to the haunting, impossible power of love. Hilarious and devastating, raucous and tender, these stories lay bare the infinite longing and inevitable weaknesses of our all-too-human hearts.